The new dining package from VANEATS.ca is best described as one of the more unique and hands on dining experiences in the city. This time they’ve brought us one of the most signature meal that the fine state of Louisiana has to offer-the crayfish boil!
The VANEATS.ca team have brought us the best of Cray with the Cray-vings package, the menu shakes down like this:
A. “1/2 lb of crawfish”, shipped live from Louisiana
B. “1/2 lb of shrimp”, shipped from Thailand/Ecuador
C. “Cod Nuggets”, deep-fried and crispy (3 pieces)
D. “Deep Fried Oysters”, spiced in a Louisiana Cajun fry batter (2 pieces)
E. “Cajun Fries”, Cajun spice peppered
It’s the perfect meal for 1 or shared if you order some other seafood off the menu, king crab, lobster and of course shrimp and crayfish are available at market price.
This is something you’ll want some beer for and dining with someone else makes this a better experience so for my dinner I went with another featured reviewer Melissa from Eye’s Bigger Than My Stomach-Cray really is a place you want to experience with someone else.
You get a bucket (in the picture above this one) filled with gloves, paper towels and the ever important bib’s (thanks to Melissa for taking this picture), please don’t be like me and wear white and also tie your bib in a double knot because they have a tendency to come undone. As your eating you throw your shell’s and bits inside the bucket and the paper covered table is your plate. Cray brings there cray fish in from Louisiana live every week from 2 different suppliers to insure a steady flow.
We started with the basket of deep-fried goodies. The Cajun fries were crisp on the outside and tender on the inside but be warned-there SPICY! The Beach Oysters were HUGE, personally oysters aren’t my thing so I didn’t eat them but Melissa said there were cooked nicely and were very rich because of there size. My favorite thing in the basket were the cod nuggets, they were nice and crisp on the outside and fluffy and tender on the inside. They give you a couple dips as well to enjoy your treats-ketchup, tarter sauce and a Cajun spiced mayo-the mayo was my favorite.
Now on to the fun! At Cray you choose your spice level and your seasoning type-Juicy Cajun, Garlic Butter, Lemon Pepper, and Cray Mix, which includes all of the above. The servers are super informative and explained the whole process of eating a Southern Seafood boil. The package that Kevin and Bill have put together is only the seafood so I added some mix, they have corn, sausage and potatoes so I opted for the later 2 for an extra $4 bucks. Your food is delivered to you in a double bag and you can dump it on the table or eat from the bag on a paper plate, this style of meal is a hands on and messy affair, that’s just the way it is. The cray fish is like a little lobster but you’re not eating the claw’s, break the tail meat out and suck the back of the body and head if you so wish so wish for a spicy seafood kick. The cray fish this time of year are on the small side but in a month or so bigger ones should be coming in. The shrimps are from Ecuador and Thailand, whole and head on so twist, peel and eat. They were my favorite thing of the meal actually, the meat was tender, sweet and worked perfectly with the marinade.
For dessert were had a couple of root beer floats that the servers surprised us with, the perfect way to end a Southern meal.
The Cray-vings package from VANEATS.ca is a great value for $18.50 and an experience any seafood lover should try out. The package goes on sale starting September 9, 2012 and is available till December 6th, 2012 (I think this one is going to sell out quickly), you can be eating this for dinner tonight by clicking here, now the fine print:
- Purchase Limit: 2 passes per person, plus 1 additional as gift
- Redeem limit: 2 passes per person, may redeem 1 per visit per 2 people
- Not valid for cash back (unless required by law)
- Must use in one visit, dine-in only between 4pm – 11pm
- Does not cover gratuity
- Cannot be combined with other offers
Disclosure: my dining pass was courtesy of VANEATS.ca, all opinions in my review are my own, I paid for my own drinks and extra’s.